Patti’s July 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Open Farm Day at Shaker Village is an annual free event for the whole family. Featured events are tractor-pulled wagon rides, craft demos, live music, and barn tours by Brother Arnold. Neighboring farms also will be selling their goods. Courtesy photo by Peg Becksvoort

Open Farm Day

More than 150 farms throughout Maine join in a one-day celebration of agriculture and farming on Sunday, July 28. From noon to 4 p.m., see Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards and herb and vegetable gardens at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.

Featured free activities include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold, tractor-drawn wagon rides, a honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens and traditional craft demonstrations. Barbecue lunch plates are available for sale. Live bluegrass music will be performed by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms.

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